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Franck Ribery offers apology for incident with reporter

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The veteran winger said he was wrong for attacking Patrick Guillou

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Bayern Munich’s veteran winger Franck Ribery has apologized for his altercation with reporter Patrick Guillou. The 42.ie captured Ribery’s comments regarding the incident.

I had a meeting with Patrick Guillou yesterday in Munich. We spoke for a long time about what happened after the game in Dortmund, it was wrong what I did and I was very emotional after the match. I apologized to Patrick and his family, I hope the matter is now over and it was important for me, and for him too, to have this conversation.

According to multiple reports of the incident, Ribery verbally and physically attacked Guillou, a reporter for beIN Sports.

According to accounts, the 35-year-old Ribery hit Guillou three times in the face before pushing him in his chest. German daily Bild claim Ribery was annoyed by Guillou’s critical comments about the veteran winger’s performance in the defeat, which left Bayern fifth in the league table seven points behind leaders Dortmund. Ribery’s wife Wahiba had sent the winger a message on Instagram saying Guillou was “very tiring and useless.”

The actual video of Ribery’s remarks is posted on FCBayern.com.